KAMPALA. The group cargo container service of transporting goods has increased the frequency of importing machandise from China.
Speaking at their customer appreciation gala over the weekend, Mr Patrick Moses Nayenga the country representative All Ways Import and Export Logistics Limited, said it is now possible to get five forty-feet-containers loaded with goods from China to Uganda because it is easier to fill up the containers and ship them faster than when Ugandans used to do it individually.
“Previously, traders travelled to China individually to buy goods and filling a container and shipping it to Uganda was cumbersome because finding the traders who were ready to travel at the same time was a challenge making shipping and transportation of a full container difficult,” he said.
He explained that traders who travel to China no longer find problems because the service has created a network which facilitates trading with China. He revealed that traders no longer require to look for visa invitation letters to China because their colleagues in China initiate the invitations to prove that the trader are visiting China for business.
On Sunday, the company rewarded importers who have been playing the role of container leaders by giving them return air tickets to China.
According to statistics from the Ministry of Trade, in 2012, the trade volume between the two countries came to $575.5 million, of which China’s exports were $546.01 million, and imports $29.49 million. This indicates that Uganda exports far less worth of what it imports from China.
China imports leather, coffee, fish and other food products from Uganda and exports industrial products, farm tools, textiles, pharmaceutical products, garments, ceramics to Uganda.